The collaborative approach of GFSI enables all stakeholders across sectors to work together to achieve the following benefits:
Food industry players achieve the below benefits in particular:
Benefits for suppliers:
Benefits for retailers, brand manufacturers and foodservice companies:
Sealed Air’s Diversey Consulting in collaboration with GFSI released a GFSI study that explores the efficacy and business impact of the implementation of GFSI-recognised certification programmes. The study included 834 food manufacturers across 21 countries, including organisations in North America, Mexico, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The research concluded that the primary drivers to implement a GFSI-recognised certification programme was to meet an existing or new customer requirement.
Conducted by Sealed Air, the ‘GFSI Efficacy Study’ preliminary results demonstrated that certification to a GFSI-recognised certification programme demonstrates that food safety management systems are more effective, thus delivering greater confidence in the safety of the products which are delivered to the consumer.
Noteworthy study results include:
While the research also showed that short-term costs of implementing GFSI-recognised certification programmes exist and that some of the efficiencies hoped for through the elimination of redundancies have not been realised, the GFSI Board will use these results to drive even greater operational efficiencies.
Back in June 2007 in Shanghai, a landmark announcement was made to over 1000 senior executives at the annual World Food Business Summit. Under the umbrella of GFSI, seven major retailers announced their acceptance of the GFSI benchmarked food safety certification programmes. Carrefour, Tesco, Metro, Migros, Ahold, Walmart and Delhaize all agreed to reduce duplication in the supply chain by accepting certificates issued against any of the benchmarked certification programmes from their suppliers.
This breakthrough marked a step change in the collaboration of GFSI as the Board was able to move towards concentrating on the effective application of the certification programmes by examining auditor competence, communication with governments and international organisations as well as food safety in less developed markets.
Since then, the rate of engagement from the food industry’s major companies has accelerated.
Today, many companies are accepting GFSI-recognised certification programmes in their supply chain, here below you can see logos of just a few of them: